The Okanagan Rockets (17-8-2) stay on the road this weekend, playing in the 2nd and final BCMML Showcase weekend in Richmond where they will take on the Vancouver North East Chiefs (13-9-8).
Last Weekend: The Rockets spent the weekend in Nelson facing off against the Kootenay Ice, where they picked up a pair of wins, sweeping the season series against the Ice for the 3rd straight season. OK earned a 3-1 win on Saturday while finishing off the sweep with a 4-2 victory on Sunday. The Chiefs spent the weekend with the Greater Vancouver Canadians and earned three of a possible four points with a 4-3 win on Saturday at the Richmond Oval and a 3-3 tie Sunday in Coquitlam.
When We Saw You Last: This is the first meeting between both the Rockets and Chiefs since the first weekend of the BCMML season back on the weekend of September 19th and 20th, a span of 122 days. North East took the first game of the season by a 4-2 score before the Rockets came back with a 4-0 shutout win in the 2nd game of the season.
Tearing It Up: Rockets forward Lucas Cullen is enjoying quite a hot streak ahead of this weekend's matchup against the Chiefs. Cullen has scored 11 goals in his last 8 BCMML games (5 of which have been multi-goal games) while also amassing 15 points in that span.
Batten Down The Hatches: The Rockets goaltending tandem of Cole Demers (1.89 GAA) and Liam Hughes (2.32 GAA) have been brick walls this season. OK leads the league in goals against, allowing 57 goals in just 27 games thus far, an average of 2.11 goals against per game.
Three (Or More) Is The Key: Scoring three goals or more is never easy but when the Rockets have been able to fill the net three times or more this season, they have been excellent, sporting an impressive 17-0-1 record when doing so. The only blemish was a 4-4 tie against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in the first Showcase weekend of the season.
Points At A Premium: It’s a tight race in the BCMML standings these days with only 8 points separating the 3rd place Rockets and the 8th place Greater Vancouver Canadians. The Chiefs currently sit in 5th place with 34 points with only 10 games remaining in North East’s season, making every game so much more vaulable in the point department.
Lineup News: Another weekend means more lineup news for the Rockets as they continue to search for healthy bodies. Captain Shawn Guison will miss this weekend’s action while Chase Stevenson and Liam Hughes remain out with injuries. AP goaltender Nikolas Bregeda will serve in the place of Hughes for the two game set.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets come into the weekend with a 19-13-6 versus the NE Chiefs since 2006. On the road, the Rockets are 9-7-1 against the Chiefs in that span.